Loss Due to Death and its Association with Mental Disorders in Juvenile Detainees

Julie Laken Harnisher, Karen Abram, Jason Washburn, Marquita Stokes, Nicole Azores-Gococo, Linda Teplin

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Abstract

This study investigated the prevalence of loss due to death and its association with mental disorders in a random sample of 898 newly detained adolescents in Chicago, Illinois. Nearly 90% of youth experienced the loss of an important person; most had also experienced a "high-risk" loss (e.g., loss due to violence, sudden loss). Minority youth were at particular risk. Youth with any loss or multiple losses were more likely to have mood disorders and ADHD/behavioral disorders, respectively, than youth who had no such losses. Interventions focusing on modifiable protective factors following loss may increase positive outcomes in this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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